Odd Bits

From The Archives: Squeeze This!

July 28, 2015

I know it’s hard to believe, but even history bloggers sometimes think about something other than history.  We knit, canoe, wrestle bears, feed people, drink whiskey, and play with the cat.* Whenever we get the chance, My Own True Love and I pull on our dancing shoes and two-step and waltz to a Cajun band. […]

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Talk Amongst Yourselves

July 24, 2015

My Own True Love and I are on our way to Iceland, where we expect to have lots of history-buff adventures.  I’ve scheduled some blog posts for the time we’re gone, but I thought it was a good time to introduce you to history blogs written by fellow readers.* (Many thanks to Jane S. Poole, […]

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Are You Listening to History?

July 17, 2015

Over the last three years I’ve become a fan of podcasts. They’re great to listen to when I’m doing things that require my hands and eyes but only a small part of my brain: chopping vegetables, washing dishes, reconciling bank statements, sorting through the pile of mystery papers on the floor next to my desk. […]

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Happy Fourth of July

July 3, 2015

4th of July picnic in Rogers, Arkansas, ca 1904 Here in the United States we’re heading into the Fourth of July weekend: one of those holidays where the point is easily lost in the trappings. Take a moment in your celebrations to remember what we’re celebrating: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all […]

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Road Trip Through History? Sort Of.

June 26, 2015

Several weeks ago, My Own True Love took me to the Round Barn Theater at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana to see Plain and Fancy, a musical I first discovered when I was in high school. I had developed the habit of checking out obscure soundtracks, opera recordings, and the like from our local library.* […]

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A Bit of (Really Gross) Waterloo Trivia

June 18, 2015

Let’s face it, there’s no reason for me to give you a quick synopsis of what happened at the Battle of Waterloo, what led to the Battle of Waterloo, why it mattered, or the battle’s social/political/artistic impact.  If you are reading this on or soon after June 18, 2015, blog posts and news articles related […]

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King John Was Not A Good Man…*

June 15, 2015

It’s a big week in History Land. History bloggers, history buffs, #twitterstorians** and re-enactors are all aflutter about the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo on Friday. But today we pause to recognize another historical anniversary, one that is less flashy and more ambiguous–the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymeade in 1215. [If […]

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And we have winners!

June 2, 2015

As always when I have books to give away, I’m glad that I don’t have to choose the winners based on merit. As always, you responded with book suggestions,* thoughtful commentary, suggestions for future blog posts, and history-nerd humor–both in comments on the blog post itself and in wonderful e-mails. ** I think I’m the […]

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Big History and Big Buts

May 29, 2015

Several years ago, when I was working on a Big Project, I stumbled across the concept of Big History.* It’s basically the opposite of the academic mantra “not my field.”  Proponents of Big History integrate many scholarly disciplines in order to look at human history as a tiny part of the history of the cosmos.  […]

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History in the Margins Has a Birthday–and a Giveaway

May 12, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been hanging out here on the Margins for four (4!) years. It started as an experiment; it’s turned into a conversation. I’m honored that you read. I feel even more honored when you respond, whether it’s in the form of a comment here, an email, sharing a link to […]

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